Poche Centre events

Indigenous Ear Disease one day meeting, Brisbane 28 March

This significant meeting is designed to bring together ENT surgeons, paediatricians, general practitioners, nurses, audiologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, allied health workers and health administrators within the state and federal health systems, along with NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) and various other Aboriginal/indigenous health organisations.

Our aim is to develop a national coordinated plan to effectively tackle educational and social implications of the ear disease pandemic amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

For more information, please see here.

Second mouth guard fitting with Redfern All Blacks and Souths Cares

On Tuesday 4 March 2014 the Redfern All Blacks Juniors at their home ground Alexandria Park, were fitted out with individually moulded mouth guards to raise awareness about the importance of oral care by the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

The Poche Centre were able to complete this in partnership with Souths Cares and the NSW government Centre for Oral Health Strategy.
“The partnership Souths Cares has with the University of Sydney’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and the Centre for Oral Health Strategy makes up what is a formidable team that will help better educate kids about the issue, as well as providing local Rugby League players with a good quality mouth guard to protect their young teeth.”
Shannon also emphasised the important role the Poche Centre played in organising the initiative, with the group’s advocacy for the improvement of Indigenous health across the board.
“It’s such an important function they play, and this partnership we have is just one of the ways they make a difference,” Mr Donato said.
Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Director, Kylie Gwynne said the centre was delighted to support the initiative.

“Playing sport is great for kids health but also brings with it several risks. We are glad to support this worthwhile initiative which will prevent dental injuries and improve the safety of young players in Redfern All Blacks,” she said.

National Indigenous Health Conference 2013

In November 2013, two Poche Scholars- Barbara Lucas and Phillipa Dossetor- attended the National Indigenous Health Conference in Cairns. The scholars represented the Poche Centre and have both reported having an inspiring and interesting experience. To read about the program and all the amazing sessions that took place, please read here.

Smoking Ceremony

On Tuesday 13 August, the Poche Centre had a Smoking Ceremony with Uncle Max. A smoking ceremony is an ancient custom among Aboriginal people that involves burning native plants to produce smoke, which is believed to have cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits.

Mouth guard fitting with Redfern All Blacks and Souths Cares

Souths Juniors club, the Redfern All Blacks, this week had five grades, ranging from under 6's to under 14's, fitted out with individually moulded mouth guards by Poche Centre clnicians in an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of oral care. For the whole story see here

To read the story about the same event from The Daily Telegraph, see here.

Research presentation – April 8, 2013

Professor Glenn Salkeld

Professor Glenn Salkeld hosted a research presentation at the University of Sydney's Camperdown campus at the beginning of April.

Professor Salkeld is head of the Sydney School of Public Health, and serves on the board of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

The event featured presentations by a range of experts associated with the Poche Centre, including Professor Sandra Eades, Mr Geoffrey Angeles and Professor Andy Blinkhorn.

You can find a copy of the presentations here

Read more about the event (PDF, 0.7MB)